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Paramount Theater: "THE MALTESE FALCON" for 5 Dollars!


The Maltese Falcon

NEW MEETING LOCATION: Starbucks Coffee on W. Grand off Broadway, from 6:00 - 6:45pm, located 2 blocks from

the Paramount Theater

followed by the 8pm showing of.

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)A dastardly crew of crooks is in pursuit of a gold and jewel-encrusted statue of a falcon worth a king's ransom. But when private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets involved, the stakes shift dramatically. This first motion picture directed by John Huston also featured Bogart's first starring role in a Warner Brothers film and is indisputedly one of the finest film-noir classics of all time. The movie script follows the original Dashell Hammett novel almost word-for-word and the cast delivers their lines with such panache, it seems impossible to imagine any other actors in these roles. Nobody can toss off Sam Spade's sneering tough-guy wisecracks like Bogart. What actress other than Mary Astor as the conniving Brigid O'Shaughnessy could lie so seductively? And, of course, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Elisha Cook, Jr. play their villainous roles to absolute sinister perfection.








Here are the encapsulated meetup directions

But read the entire e-mail!

1. Buy your ticket first. If you wait too long, there may be long lines at the box office, or the show may sell out ... We will not be saving seats for people in the theater.

2. Meet us at Starbucks Coffee at 420 W. Grand street, from 6:00 - 6:45 pm.

3. If you did not see us in line or meet us at Starbucks (directions below), meet us in the front section of the theater balcony after 7pm (see step "4" below in this message for further details).


Mobile messaging does not function THRU the Meetup site, so you will have to find us the hard way.

Bring rain gear if bad weather looms!

Now see "Maltese Falcon" again on the big screen! The Paramount Screen!!! For only 5 bucks!!

See the bottom of this page for show-time details

Click the link for a "Maltese Falcon" review.....

This Theater Photo Is a Clickable Link to Hidden Treasure!

Nothing could be more fun than an old classic film. Oops, yes there is something more fun! An old classic film at the nation's most beautiful art deco theater, The Paramount! It's like stepping back into the past, into one of those glorious movie palaces of a bygone era! And all for a five-dollar admission. That's right, five bucks!

Film showings at the Paramount include a half-hour organ concert of classic songs (starting at 7:30), followed by cartoons, newsreels, clips of coming attractions, and even a raffle drawing with prizes such as dinners for two at some of the area's finest restaurants! Winner of the East Bay Express's "Best Movie-Going Experience" and voted "Best Deal in the Bay Area," it's a wonderful night out on the town!



I will be hoping to meet similar-minded moviegoers that Friday night. So who's with me? I recommend taking BART, which stops right underneath the theater, letting you avoid the 25-minute traffic jam at Caldecott Tunnel. Should you attempt to drive, bring an extra set of tires for your evening stroll through downtown Oakland to your car. Tee hee hee. Parking is a typical city experience. However, a for-hire PARKING garage sits right next to the Paramount should you make the car trip! Rumors of ten bucks cost. Some patrons have instead parked at the Macarthur BART station and then taken BART over since it's cheaper than using Oakland's parking garages.





BART Directions: Take BART to the 19th Street Station. Travel to the rear of the train/station and take the escalator up. Continue to the Exit turnstiles at the rear of the station, and then take a left, going up the escalator to street level. Do a right U–turn on the street and behold the Paramount marquee (P) ahead! Cross 20th Street.











After purchasing your tickets, CONTINUE two blocks north on Broadway to W Grand Ave. Meet me at Starbucks which is located on the Northwest side of the street.










Starbucks Coffee 6:00 -

6:45 PM


420 W. Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA



With previous experiences, I can say that it's no fun being late. So I will be going early to the theater since the last Hitchcock film that played there practically sold out by curtain rise. So I will meet you from 6 – 6:45 at Starbucks Coffee Shop.

I'll be wearing a purple S.F.S.U. sweatshirt, reading a book (me, Lawrence, Asst Organizer).

Step ............4.)

If you're late... At 6:45, you may catch us back at the theater in line to get the good seats in the balcony. If you arrive after 7:00 PM, just go up to the balcony and look for us in the middle of the first 9 rows (again, in the balcony, not on the first floor). Look for my purple S.F.S.U. sweatshirt (either on me or draped over the walkway railing).

Bring warm clothing since the theater is air conditioned and can sometimes be chilly.


Schedule at the theater itself:

6 PM Box office opens
7 PM Doors open
7:30 Organ performance
8:00 Show time!

See you there!



I found that the following nonprofit organization networks offer many films and media for free viewing on your computer or computer TV.

...and yet again another free service for streaming films FREE as well as music and other media!

Hulu provides a huge collection complete television series shows for only 7.95 a month and what an incentive to cut the 80 dollar a month cable bill!

An amazing service with hundreds of modern & Classic films. But no need to register or download an app as they claim. Just hit the "view as free user button" and enjoy! No more Netflix! High-speed Internet required.


Another ad supported, free Internet-accessed, feature-length movie web service.


Independent films with questionable content


Books education and moives

Science talks


Happy Viewing!



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  • Lawrence

    A great help to see this film again with preview film study. Naw I thought it was Sydney Greenstreet !

    June 2, 2013

  • Ray G.

    Did anyone suspect Mary Astor?

    April 28, 2013

  • mercy g.

    Had an awesome time too!

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first time at the theatre and this group. It was so nice to meet Lawrence, Mercy, George, and James. Great venue. The theatre is absolutely amazing. Words can not describe the ambience of the place. Can't wait to go again.

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • George

    What can I say, The Maltese Falcon, Art Deco theater, Good people, and all for only $5.00!!! It's gotta be a hit

    April 26, 2013

  • George

    There is Art Something Lounge on Grand for a Beer afterwards. any takers?? Seems futile just to go home! :-(

    April 26, 2013

  • Lawrence

    We dissapear as there is no good after venue open

    April 26, 2013

  • Jill R.

    Next time! Look forward to meeting you all.

    April 26, 2013

  • George

    Coffee or Drinks after the show to visit and get to know each other? Or does everyone just disappear soon as the movie is over ;-(

    April 25, 2013

    • Valerie O.

      Despite adoring the paramount I'm afraid a few night at the opera in sf wins out. Thanks for the invite. Catch you next time.

      April 26, 2013

  • Valerie O.

    I love the PARAMOUNT!

    April 24, 2013

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